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More Humanity towards Animals "ENFORCEMENT OF EUROPEAN ANIMAL WELFARE RELATED LEGISLATION" Council Directive 1999/74/EC Half ban means half enforcement.

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1 More Humanity towards Animals "ENFORCEMENT OF EUROPEAN ANIMAL WELFARE RELATED LEGISLATION" Council Directive 1999/74/EC Half ban means half enforcement Gabriel PAUN Director of Campaigns VIER PFOTEN / FOUR PAWS International Brussels, June 2012

2 More Humanity towards Animals Council Directive 1999/74/EC Three types of rearing systems for laying hens: enriched cages cm² / hen non enriched cage cm² / hen ban planned for January 2012 non-cage systems - barn and free range

3 More Humanity towards Animals Council Directive 1999/74/EC – Problems 1.Delay of implementation 2.The escape of the hidden eggs

4 More Humanity towards Animals Council Directive 1999/74/EC – Delay of implementation Consequences: negative precedent for other AW initiatives illegal trade / unfair competition for complying farmers price disruption confusion among consumers

5 More Humanity towards Animals Council Directive 1999/74/EC – The escape of the hidden eggs

6 More Humanity towards Animals 30% of the EU production is consumed as processed egg products (powder, liquid and colored). Hidden eggs not covered by Directive may be found in: pasta sauces / mayo sweets liqueur colored Easter eggs Facts: trash bin for cage eggs unless food producers commit for voluntarily labeling confusion among consumers / missing freedom of choice

7 More Humanity towards Animals Council Directive 1999/74/EC – Conclusion It is made and implemented in a way that gives space for confusion and enforcement problems. It is incomplete.

8 More Humanity towards Animals Council Directive 1999/74/EC – Solution Extension of the existing labeling system 0,1,2,3 to all products containing processed eggs. Advantages: increases speed of implementation of the ban on conventional cages satisfy the freedom of choice for consumers reduces production in cage systems reduces import from third countries

9 More Humanity towards Animals Council Directive 1999/74/EC – Support for labeling extension THANK YOU


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